The "Sparti" Surface laptop will feature a 12.5-inch display and start at around $500 to $600 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, Windows Central says. It will ship with Windows 10 in S Mode, which is Microsoft's version of Windows 10 that restricts users to Microsoft Store apps only (but which users can upgrade from, for free). (Sparti won't/can't ship with Windows 10X because Microsoft isn't yet ready to ship that variant of Windows 10; 10X's availability on single-screen devices is likely around spring 2021.)
The Sparti Surface laptop seemingly would be part of Microsoft's Chromebook-compete strategy, targeted heavily though not exclusively at the education market. Microsoft currently positions its Surface Go 2, a 10.5-inch two-in-one, as its Surface for education and business customers who care about portability and price. The Surface Go 2 starts at $450 for a model without a keyboard.
Microsoft also could launch incrementally updated versions of some of its other Surface devices, such as the Intel-based Surface Pro and Arm-based Surface Pro X devices at a fall hardware event. Microsoft also could potentially release its already announced 85-inch Surface Hub 2S and/or its promised Surface Hub display this fall.
Microsoft officials have said that due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, more people have been looking for and purchasing Windows-based PCs. That's one of the reasons Microsoft officials have said they shifted their strategy with Windows 10X from debuting on new, unproven dual-screen devices to launching first on single-screen PCs.